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Chiefs Rally to Top Saints in Overtime Stunner
Regular Season Game #3

Ryan Succop
Chiefs K Ryan Succop celebrated with his teammates after hitting the game winning field goal in overtime.
Sept. 23- Ryan Succop delivered a huge kick in the gut to the reeling New Orleans Saints.

Succop kicked six field goals, one to force overtime in the final seconds and another from 31 yards to lift the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Saints, who remain winless through three games since coach Sean Payton was suspended in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation.

Succop's 43-yard field goal with 3 seconds left completed a methodical comeback by Kansas City (1-2) after the Saints had cashed in on a pair of Chiefs turnovers to go ahead 24-6 in the third quarter.

In storming back to win for the first time this season, Kansas City needed only one touchdown, a 91-yard run by Jamaal Charles, who finished with 233 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.

The Chiefs also got a safety in the fourth quarter on Justin Houston's third sack of the game.

Drew Brees passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns, but missed all six of his passes through the fourth quarter and overtime, when the Saints were unable to get a single first down.

After Charles' long TD made it 24-13 in the third quarter, Stanford Routt's interception of Brees' underthrown pass for Devery Henderson near the Kansas City goal line thwarted another Saints scoring chance.

Succop field goals of 34 and 38 yards early in the fourth quarter cut it to 24-19, setting up a wild finish.

Houston's sack of Brees for a safety cut it to 24-21 and gave Kansas City the ball with 5:33 left.

Cassel's spinning scramble and 11-yard pass across the field to Jon Baldwin on third-and-10 extended the drive, which also included Cassel's completion to Dwayne Bowe on fourth-and-5 before Succop's game-tying kick with 3 seconds left.

In one of several lowlights for the crew of replacement officials working the game, New Orleans was briefly ruled the winner on the field in overtime when running back Shaun Draughn lost the ball stretching for a first down and safety Roman Harper picked up the ball and ran to the end zone.

The fumble was overturned on video review, but the spot came up a half-yard short of a first down. Charles easily converted a fourth-down run to extend the winning drive.

With New Orleans bringing in the NFL's third-ranked offense and Kansas City's offense ranked fifth -- and with both teams' defenses ranked near the bottom of the NFL -- oddsmakers had set the over-under at 53, higher than any other game this week.

The Saints then opened according to script, marching 83 yards in six plays, helped by Darren Sproles' 47-yard run. Lance Moore made it 7-0 with a leaping, outstretched snag of Brees' 9-yard pass.

After that, however, no team got in the end zone for the rest of the half. The Chiefs' Ryan Succop hit field goals of 25 and 45 yards, and New Orleans' Garrett Hartley hit from 40, and the Saints led 10-6 at halftime.

New Orleans appeared to be taking command in the third quarter thanks to a pair of turnovers by the Chiefs.

First came a fumble by Dexter McCluster, who hurt his shoulder while falling on his own after a short catch, then let the ball go moments before he would have been touched down by cornerback Jabari Greer. Officials initially ruled McCluster down while linebacker Jonathan Casillas scooped the ball and ran to the end zone. The Saints challenged and won a reversal on replay review, giving them the ball on the Chiefs 19. That set up Brees' 1-yard TD pass to tight end Jimmy Graham.

New Orleans then went ahead 24-6 on Brees' 6-yard swing pass to fullback Jed Collins, capping a short drive set up by Greer's interception and 28-yard return to the Kansas City 7.

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Matt Cassel 26 of 44 for 248 yards

New Orleans Passing:
Drew Brees 20 of 36  for 240 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception

Kansas City Rushing:
Jamaal Charles 33 carries for 233 yards and 1 touchdown
Shaun Draughn 7 carries for 22 yards
Peyton Hillis 3 carries for 11 yards
Dexter McCluster 1 carry for 5 yards
Matt Cassel 1 carry for 2 yards

New Orleans Rushing:
Darren Sproles 7 carries for 62 yards
Mark Ingram 5 carries for 11 yards
Pierre Thomas 6 carries for 11 yards
Drew Brees 1 carry for -1 yard

Kansas City Receiving:
Dwayne Bowe 7 receptions for 79 yards
Jamaal Charles 6 receptions for 55 yards
Jon Baldwin 3 receptions for 36 yards
Dexter McCluster 3 receptions for 28 yards
Shaun Draughn 3 receptions for 26 yards
Tony Moeaki 2 receptions for 12 yards
Steve Maneri 1 reception for 10 yards
Steve Breaston 1 reception for 2 yards

New Orleans Receiving:
Lance Moore 4 receptions for 70 yards and 1 touchdown
Pierre Thomas 4 receptions for 55 yards
Devery Henderson 4 receptions for 53 yards
Marques Colston 3 receptions for 40 yards
Jimmy Graham 4 receptions for 16 yards and 1 touchdown
Jed Collins 1 reception for 6 yards and 1 touchdown

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Derrick Johnson 5-4-1, Brandon Flowers 4-1-0, Stanford Routt 4-1-0, Eric Berry 3-5-0, Justin Houston 3-1-3, Tyson Jackson 2-2-0, Javier Arenas 2-0-0, Jovan Belcher 2-2-0, Abram Elam 2-0-0, Travis Daniels 1-0-0, Ropati Pitoitua 1-0-0, Glenn Dorsey 0-1-0, Jerrell Powe 0-1-0

New Orleans Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Curtis Lofton 9-4-0, Roman Harper 8-3-0, Malcolm Jenkins 7-1-0, Jabari Greer 5-0-0, Patrick Robinson 5-3-0, Jonathan Casillas 3-1-0, Akiem Hicks 3-5-0, Will Smith 3-3-1, Corey White 3-0-0, Junior Galette 2-0-2, Cameron Jordan 2-3-0, Scott Shanle 2-2-0, Brodrick Bunkley 1-1-0, David Hawthorne 1-1-0, Tom Johnson 1-1-0, Martez Wilson 1-0-0, Sedrick Ellis 0-4-0

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:

New Orleans Fumble Recoveries:
Jonathan Casillas 1 for 0 yards
Cameron Jordan 1 for 0 yards

Kansas City Interceptions:
Stanford Routt 1 for 32 yards

New Orleans Interceptions:
Jabari Greer 1 for 28 yards

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